Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

Be like water — Water is so fine that it is impossible to grasp a handful of it; strike it, yet it does not suffer hurt; stab it, and it is not wounded; sever it, yet it is not divided. It has no shape of its own but molds itself to the receptacle that contains it. When heated to the state of steam it is invisible but has enough power to split the earth itself.

Never assert yourself against nature; never be in frontal opposition to any problems, but control it by swinging with it. 


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